Technology and Cognitive Support: Strategies and tools for Memory, Scheduling and Time Management

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:30 AM Pacific, 12:30 PM Eastern

AbleNet presents Gayl Bowser a beginner/intermediate session.

This three-part series will explore the question, “How can technology support independence and participation for people with cognitive disabilities?” We will demonstrate examples of technology solutions that can help with task prompting, scheduling and activities of daily living.  We will explore product options such as calendars, schedulers, task assistants, transition ai

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Student & Faculty Success in Online Education

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
9 AM Pacific, Noon Eastern

The Sloan-C Accessibility Webinar Series 2013 investigates access to online education from various perspectives.

The Sloan-C Accessibility Webinar Series 2013 has already posted sessions on the administrator and student perspective.

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Brain Computer Interfaces: Future technology that may assist people with ALS with communication and other tasks

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

ASLA presents the progress in and potential for brain computer interfaces.

According to the ALS Association: "The concept of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology is a topic of interest for many individuals and the families of individuals who experience significant physical limitations, including those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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JAN Webcast: Best Practices (Accommodation at Qualcomm)

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

Michelle Maybaum, Sr. Manager, Employee Relations with Qualcomm, Incorporated, will share how Qualcomm has implemented best practices in hiring, retaining, and accommodating talented workers with disabilities. The session will also include Qualcomm's approach to hiring and retaining wounded and injured service members.

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ZoomText: Train the Trainer Event

Thursday, November 8, 2012
10 AM- 3 PM in Novato, CA

This free training will enable trainers, evaluators and assessors to update their knowledge and skills, on how to install, use, and train on ZoomText. This in-person event will be held in Novato, CA.

Course Objective: This course is for new and current technologists.  You will learn about all of the significantly advanced features that ZoomText 10.0.4 has to offer. 
Overview of Agenda:
·        What’s New in ZoomText

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IPad Apps for Scheduling

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
3 PM Pacific, 6 PM Eastern

iPad apps for scheduling, reminders, and task instructions can assist people with disabilities, including autism.

Center for Accessible Technology AT Specialist Jennifer MacDonald Peltier will share several apps that help people stay on task, keep schedules, and perform multi-step tasks, including timers, task modelers, and schedulers. This is also an opportunity to share, so bring any recommendations you have for apps like these. 

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How Stephen Hawking Uses a Computer (Switches and Scanning)

You might wonder how Stephen Hawking can operate his computer and tell it what to say. He uses a single switch activated by the movement of a muscle in his cheek along with some specialized software that presents choices that narrow down to what he wants to say or do. This article discusses the range of switches and related software that allow anyone with a single consistent motion they can control to use a computer.


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Assistive Technology and Employment

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers employment, specifically covers “purchase of equipment or modifications to existing equipment” as an appropriate accommodation that would allow someone with a disability to accept or retain a job. This article covers how to use information from the ATC and elsewhere to determine what equipment may be appropriate for meeting an employee’s needs.

New Strategies

An employee or potential employee may not have prior experience using accommodations, and may not know what strategies or equipment will best meet their needs. You can search ATC for information about possible solutions based on the following criteria:

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Making Documents Accessible

Much information is available about website accessibility. However, documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF can also be inaccessible to blind users, as well as some users with cognitive and physical disabilities. This article summarizes the accessibility process for several versions of the Microsoft products, and discusses multiple ways to address PDF accessibility.


What is Document Accessibility?

A document is accessible if users with disabilities can read and understand all essential information that it contains, whether or not they use assistive technology. In particular:

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